I hope I’m not jinxing myself by writing this post, but if you’ve been monitoring my little “days out of the hospital” widget, then you know that this week makes 6 months that I’ve been hospital free **YAY!**
I wouldn’t break out the campaign bottles just yet, as I still have twice as long to go before breaking my all time record, but I think it’s a milestone which deserves at least a little recognition.
And to what do I attribute this extended reprieve? I’m not really sure. Most likely, it’s a combination of better dyspnea coping tools (opiate medications, relaxation techniques and exercise), a much better diet (organic with less sugar), less stress, and somewhat better weather this year. It could also be that I’ve just become more stubborn and have raised the bar on what I consider to be hospital worthy exacerbations.
Whatever the reason behind this good fortune, I sure hope it decides to sticks around for a while. Staying out of the hospital is something I could really get used to. Wouldn’t it be something if I could break my all time record of 13 months hospital free?
Of course, being hospital free doesn’t necessarily mean that I’ve been symptom free. Most Severe asthmatics never reach 100% symptom free status, even for a single day. Still, it’s encouraging to know that Ive gone a half a year without becoming critically ill again. It gives me hope that I still have a lot of good days ahead of me.